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John TomasicJohn TomasicNovember 9, 20167min297

At the end of a long election season that delivered shocks at every stage, including a dramatic upset win for Donald Trump at the top of the Republican ticket, voters in Colorado shuffled some of the players at the state Capitol but didn’t change the game. The next legislative session will see Democrats control the House and Republicans control the Senate, same as the last legislative session. From the Denver Westin where state Democrats gathered on election night, it didn’t at first look like things would turn out this way. They were energized when Rachel Zenzinger took an early lead that never faltered over Arvada Republican incumbent Laura Woods in swing Senate District 19. The match up had been the most closely watched on most legislative lists, a target of spending by state and national political groups.



Jared WrightJared WrightFebruary 3, 201615min332

The Colorado Statesman Hot Sheet

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

DENVER – Happy Wednesday everybody — when hope (and today, maybe even the sun) springs forth once again.

“I’m not an old, experienced hand at politics. But I am now seasoned enough to have learned the hardest thing about any political campaign is how to win without proving that you are unworthy of winning.” – Adlai E. Stevenson I

Now, your substrata feed straight from the politics pipeline:

Jeff Bridges and Michael Carrigan ready to go petition route — Democrat candidates for House District 3, Jeff Bridges, and for Denver District Attorney,Michael Carrigan, had their petition formats approved yesterday by the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office.

Other candidates besides Bridges (COH – $39,237.60) running for House District 3 include Democrat Meg Froelich (COH – $25,205.88), and Republicans Katy Brown (COH – $0), Rick Gillit (COH – $1,074.18) and Alex Wenzel (COH – $6,876.82).

Other candidates besides Carrigan (COH – $247,614.34) running for Denver District Attorney include Democrats Kenneth Boyd (COH – $73,655.25) and Rep. Beth McCann (COH – $156,475.36) and Unaffiliated Helen Morgan (COH – $15,364.44).

Bernie Sanders has big fundraising pull day after Iowa Caucuses —Yesterday, the Sanders campaign announced raising $3 million dollars in 24 hours after the Iowa caucuses, quite a wave after his very close caucus results with Hillary Clinton.

Wagers, wagers and more wagers — This week, friendly wagers are flying between Colorado and North Carolina officials over the upcoming Super Bowl L …. I mean 50. Colorado Insurance Commissioner Marguerite Salazar and North Carolina Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin placed bets for their teams (the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers, in case you just don’t follow this stuff.) When — not if — the Broncos win on Sunday, North Carolina’s Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin will owe the Colorado Division of Insurance some North Carolina barbecue, craft beer and Cheerwine soda. If, by Act of God, the Carolina Panthers win, Salazar will provide Colorado elk tenderloin, bourbon from Denver’s A.D. Laws Whiskey House and toffee from Enstrom’s Confectionery (Enstroms sure is stepping up their game in these bets — good for business .)

More in government officials gambling their hearts out — U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman  placed a friendly wager with North Carolina U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry, CD-10. If the Broncos win, McHenry has to wear any Broncos gear of Coffman’s choosing. What should I make him wear, Coffman asks? Tell me … and contribute while you’re at it please. What happens if, forbid we say it, the Panthers win? The good Congressman didn’t say.

United in Orange — Yesterday, state Reps. Dan Pabon, Crisanta Duran,Tracy Kraft-Tharp, Jonathan Singer and Alec Garnett took to the Twitterverse for a charitable cause yesterday with their United in Orange video supporting unitedinorange.org, “a food drive to raise food and awareness for the homeless across Colorado.”

Wayne Williams goes full-on Broncos — Pulling no punches, Secretary of State Wayne Williams has turned the state’s website into a Bronco fan’s haven. Nice jersey, Mr. Secretary. Is that superimposed?


Chicano History Week declared State Rep. Joe Salazar, D-Thornton, and Sen. Jessie Ulibarri, D-Westminster, passed a joint resolution yesterday declaring Feb. 2-8 Chicano History week. The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed Feb. 2, 1848, a day in which it is estimated 100,000 Mexicans became Mexican Americans and “95 percent of the land wealth that Mexican-Americans held prior to the treaty was taken away,” said Salazar.

Thank you Ernest Luning — Drawing much thanks from 9News’s Kyle ClarkThe Statesman’s Ernest Luning finally saw the need (make it stop!) to pull out the old type writer and report on whether or not candidates in Colorado’s top political races will support their party’s presidential nominee — a question that has been asked several times … daily of the R candidates by Colorado Democratic Party Senior Communications Advisor Andrew Zucker. Of course, not a bad play by Zucker — right out of the old Comm Director playbook, but certainly a question we are all thankful has been put to rest for the sanity of us media folk.

1st Rule, You do not talk about Fight Club — Striking that tone, Denver’s first lady, Mary Louise Leetweeted yesterday a meme stating, “There are two rules in life: 1. Never give out all the information.” … Full stop.

From the wires:

Huffpost Pollster provides tracking from 85 polls from 31 pollsters on the presidential race — good info leading up to the Feb. 9 N.H. caucuses. 

Denver Business Journal’s Greg Avery reports on Amazon’s sales tax collection which began Monday on purchases shipped to Colorado addresses, but it is unknown the amount and whether municipal taxes are included.

The Gazette’s Megan Schrader reports on Sen. Tim Neville’s bill, SB-11, to rededicate $15 million in FASTER fees to roads and bridges passing a voice vote in the Senate yesterday. Up for third reading this week.

Take note for Super Tuesday, Colorado Congressional Delegation, Here’s how its done: A report from Roll Call’s Simone Pathe on how congressional hopefuls are playing off the energy of the Iowa caucuses.

A headline story over at the Denver Post by Ricardo Baca and David Migoyaon Denver’s releasing 28,000 marijuana products it had recalled for pesticides. 

The Castle Rock News-Press released a report by Mike DiFerdinando on aDouglas County School Board member calling for a survey on how teacher time is being spent in the district.

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel’s Gary Harmon reports that U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton is concerned about a new accounting standards update issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board that he believes will cause damage to community banks and credit unions.

The Colorado Statesman’s Ramsey Scott reports on Windholz’s unincorporated county ballot initiative bill being killed in State Affairs

Reuters reports on Marco Rubio becoming an early hope for mainstream Republicans.

Diversions:

A photo of Bill and Hillary Clinton playing soccer in Fayetteville, Arkansas in 1975.

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Colorado Capitol Watch update — From our bill tracking partner at Colorado Capitol Watch: As of 2/2 – 305 bills introduced, with 4 new bills and 121 bi-partisan. For bills on the calendar, go today click here.

House and Senate Calendars:

HOUSE – Your Feb. 3. Calendar here 

SENATE — Your Feb. 3 Calendar here 

You’re up to date. Continue to stay warm and dry under the Gold Dome. Until tomorrow …

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JW